When Urban Meyer stepped down as head coach of the Ohio State football team most units were in good shape. Not so with the QB room.
After an outstanding 2018 season Dwayne Haskins chose to leave the Ohio State football program and head to the NFL. Why not, he was assured to be a first round pick and the Washington Redskins chose him at No. 15
That left the new Buckeye head coach with Tate Martell, Chris Chugunov and Mathew Baldwin as the only scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.
Martell performed well as a redshirt freshman but mostly in garbage time. Baldwin was redshirted and Chugunov was a transfer who had seen limited action at West Virginia.
Things were about to change though with Martell moving on soon and Baldwin did later after spring ball. That’s because coach Day hit a home run by bringing in Georgia transfer Justin Fields.
The No. 2 player in the 2018 recruiting class proved worthy of the ranking completing 67 percent of his passes last season for 3,273 yards and 41 touchdowns. He also rushed for 484 yards and 10 scores.
If that wasn’t enough, coach Day landed a graduate transfer from Kentucky in Gunnar Hoak. He performed well last season in limited action completing all six passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. Having a veteran backup this season while these talented freshmen develop will definitely be a plus for coach Day.
Jack Miller was the No. 13 ranked pro-style QB in the 2020 recruiting class. He only fell to that ranking because of injuries. If healthy, Miller could be the jewel in the class.
C.J. Stroud’s path was entirely different. He just kept moving up in the rankings and ended up as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback.
Coach Day is now getting greedy bringing in Kyle McCord to the 2021 recruiting class. McCord is ranked as the No. 2 ranked QB and the No. 24 player overall.
The quarterback situation seems to be in great shape now and for the near future. Not surprising though since the head coach is also the best QB coach in college football.